You should know that Wisconsin has a unique set of laws that could impact your ability to file a claim. For example, Wisconsin has statute of limitation laws that restrict the time frame in which mesothelioma patients and family members can file a lawsuit.
Our Wisconsin mesothelioma lawyers are prepared to help you understand this process and guide you through the legal system. We have 40 attorneys in our mesothelioma practice who solely focus on helping people like you. Each senior attorney operates within a small legal team comprised of several associate attorneys, paralegals, medical staff and investigators. This structure ensures you will receive personalized attention while your case works its way through this complex legal process.
Asbestos in Wisconsin
The majority of people who have been exposed to asbestos did so through their employment, often due to inadequate safety precautions. Others may have been exposed to asbestos indirectly when they come in contact with the clothing of a family member involved in a high-risk asbestos occupation.
Asbestos has been widely used in many industrial products including cement, brake linings, roof shingles, flooring products, textiles, and insulation. When microscopic asbestos dust particles becomes airborne, they can be inhaled or swallowed and can cause serious health issues.
According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), Wisconsin ranks 16th in the nation for the most asbestos-related diseases. Between 700-1,000 deaths have been recorded in Wisconsin, with malignant mesothelioma being one of the most common fatal asbestos-related disease in the state. The high amount of deaths and illnesses in Wisconsin primarily stems from the heavy manufacturing, paper, and metal industry in Wisconsin. Since the late 1890s, a multitude of businesses in Wisconsin have used asbestos in their machinery, buildings, and parts, putting thousands upon thousands of workers at risk.
Mesothelioma & Asbestos Deaths in Wisconsin
A survey of asbestos related deaths recorded in this country from 1979 to 2000 reveals that 177 people died from asbestosis during that period. From 548 to 914 deaths occurred from mesothelioma or some other form of asbestos cancer. In 1999 the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health began tracking mesothelioma deaths carefully. NIOSH issued a report in 2005 indicating that an additional 448 mesothelioma deaths had occurred in the preceding six years alone, illustrating the degree to which asbestos related deaths were underreported in preceding decades.
Wisconsin has numerous older power plants. Since even the smallest fire at a power plant can cause a major disaster, asbestos was commonly used in older power stations across the United States to resist heat and flame. Asbestos insulated boilers, generators, turbines and other machinery. It was also used in wires and electrical panels. When power plant equipment or facilities were repaired, dangerous asbestos fibers could be released into the air, affecting the health of utility and maintenance workers. Workers who repaired and maintained equipment lined with asbestos were especially prone to asbestos fiber inhalation. They often wore protective gear, including aprons, gloves, overcoats and hoods, made from asbestos. When these materials tore or ripped, workers came into direct contact with dangerous asbestos fibers.
Another source of asbestos exposure in Wisconsin was vermiculite processing. From 1940 – 1990, asbestos-contaminated vermiculite mined in Libby, Montana was shipped to processing plants throughout the United States. According to the Environmental Working Group, at least 594 shipments, representing more than 55,000 tons of vermiculite, was shipped to 3 locations in Wisconsin, including Milwaukee, Kenosha and Madison. The vermiculite was made into attic insulation and other products and sold for construction purposes around the state. Many people across the nation were placed at risk of asbestos exposure. As a result of their negligence, eight executives of W.R. Grace & Company, the owner of the Libby, Montana mine, were indicted on criminal charges for conspiracy and violations of the Clean Air Act.
Wisconsin has many older homes, schools, hospitals and commercial buildings that might ahve used this insulation, along with other asbestos-containing materials. Until the 1980s, asbestos was commonly used for building insulation, roofing materials, floor tiles and millboard. Construction workers, even today, can be exposed to asbestos while repairing or remodeling older buildings unless proper safety precautions are taken.
Consumer Exposure to Asbestos in Wisconsin
Not just workers have been exposed to deadly asbestos containing materials in this state. As early as the 1890s, some consumers near the Malleable Iron Range Company, which made heating appliances, were exposed to asbestos.
Also, in the 1950s, Hankscraft Company sold baby bottle warmers that were lined with asbestos. Asbestos in many industrial and consumer contexts was used here as late as the 1970s. Note that many buildings constructed before 1980 also may contain asbestos in Wisconsin.
Paper and Pulp Mills and Asbestos in Wisconsin
Two of the biggest employers in WI are Kimberly Clark and Georgia Pacific. Many people do not know this, but this state’s production of paper products is greater than WA and OR. In the past, great amounts of asbestos-containing materials were used in paper mills in the drying felts and adhesives used in paper production. The drying felts had to be replaced often, and asbestos fibers often were introduced into the environment.
If you have been diagnosed with lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos in Wisconsin, mesothelioma lawyers at Kelley & Ferraro, LLP, can help you pursue compensation. Our Cleveland, Ohio-based plaintiffs’ law firm works well with mesothelioma patients throughout the United States. We are prepared to evaluate your case with the goal of helping you and your family in Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay or Kenosha cope with the consequences of mesothelioma.
We can educate you on the history of asbestos and mesothelioma, as well as helping you answer the question, «Where do I go from here?» We are prepared to fight for you, to help you recover compensation for medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and end-of-life expenses. There is no known cure for mesothelioma, and the only known cause of this disease is asbestos exposure.
When to File a Wisconsin Mesothelioma Lawsuit
Mesothelioma victims or their survivors have three years from the date they discovered, or should have discovered that they have mesothelioma to file a lawsuit. While it can take decades after asbestos exposure for mesothelioma to develop, many mesothelioma victims find it important to file their lawsuits as soon as possible after they are diagnosed so that they can do everything possible to secure their families financial future while they are still able to do so.
The first step in filing a lawsuit is to contact a Wisconsin mesothelioma lawyer for a free, no obligation consultation. Your attorney will review your work history, medical history and other facts pertinent to your case and advise you on your legal options. You may have the right to sue the manufacturers, distributors, suppliers and / or installers of asbestos materials for your injuries. A mesothelioma lawsuit usually alleges that one or more of these parties had a duty to warn you about the dangers of asbestos, failed to provide you with adequate warnings and that, as a result you developed mesothelioma and you are entitled to damages.
Family Member Died From Mesothelioma?
If you have a family member that has died from Mesothelioma cancer you should immediately consult with an experienced Mesothelioma diagnosis lawyer about what compensation may be available to you from asbestos trust funds that now total more than 30 billion dollars.
It is VERY IMPORTANT that you file your Mesothelioma claim within the Wisconsin Statute of Limitations. We have seen many families lose their right to file a lawsuit because their Statute of Limitations had expired while they were grieving. We know it is a tough time to grieve the loss of a loved one, but please do not let your Statute of Limitations expire for filing your Mesothelioma claim. In most states the Statute of Limitations is 2-3 years. Some states have 6 year Statute of Limitations. If you missed your filing date you may still be eligible for funds from some of the asbestos trust funds that go back further than the Statute of Limitations.
Local mesothelioma victims that contact T.V. advertisers routinely end up hiring Sieben Polk P.A. attorneys because we offer what every case needs: specialized knowledge of the companies in Minnesota and the Upper Midwest that are responsible for exposing people to asbestos and an in-depth, working knowledge of the legal system in these jurisdictions.
Using the evidence gathered over the past 40 years litigating asbestos cases, we have created a record of the companies responsible for manufacturing, supplying and installing the asbestos-containing products to schools, industries and business throughout Minnesota. This information is critical to resolving your case in an expedited, efficient and successful manner.
During law school Jon focused his studies on human rights and workers’ rights. This course of study ultimately led him to his career as a litigator working on behalf of union members and other working Americans facing severe injury and death due to unsafe products and workplace conditions.
Jon has represented pipefitters, steamfitters, machinists, boilermakers, electricians, laborers, plasterers, tile setters, painters, drywallers, auto mechanics, longshoremen, factory workers, U.S. Navy machinist’s mates, U.S. Navy boiler technicians, U.S. Navy electrician’s mates, and U.S. Navy enginemen who were wrongfully exposed to asbestos and asbestos-containing products. Additionally, Mr. Neumann has prosecuted claims involving asbestos-containing talc and para-occupational take home, environmental, and neighborhood asbestos exposures. Over the course of his career, Mr. Neumann has helped clients suffering from mesothelioma recover more than $100 million from asbestos defendants.
What Is Mesothelioma, and How Is it Contracted?
Mesothelioma is a serious and aggressive form of cancer. The only known cause of mesothelioma is asbestos exposure. When a person is exposed, he inhales or swallows the tiny particles of the toxic mineral. Those particles settle in the soft tissue inside the body, where they are difficult to either expel or break down.